Long-nosed Potoroo

Potorous tridactylus


Near Threatened

The long-nosed potoroo is also known as the rat-kangaroo due to its rat-like features including a long snout and bald tail.

They live in wet and dense sclerophyll forest as well as coastal heath woodlands but their distribution is fragmented. Predation by foxes, cats and dogs are the major threat to the long-nosed potoroo but they also face problems due to land clearing and habitat destruction.


Their diet largely consists of underground fruit and fungi, roots and tubers of plants as well as insects and other soft bodied animals within the soil.


Long-nosed potoroos are marsupials that can breed throughout the year. The young are highly under-developed, furless and blind when born. They live in their mothers’ pouch for approximately 130 days.

  • Long-nosed potoroo at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Location

    Dark green indicates where the Long-nosed Potoroo can be found

  • A potoroo joey peeking out of a red fleece pouch
  • A potoroo joey at Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Long-nosed potoroo with enrichment at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park